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Early Music Collection - "Konge af Danmark, Musical Europe at the Court of Christian IV" / Les Witches

Album Summary

>Hume, Tobias : The Duke of Holstones Delight, for ensemble
>Scheidt, Samuel : Paduan à 4 (Ludi musicii)
>Hume, Tobias : Duke of Holstones Almaine, The (No 6 in Musical Humors)
>Simpson, Thomas : Ricercar on "Bonny Sweet Robin"
>Robinson, Thomas : Spanish Pavan for lute
>Bleyer, Nicolaus : Courant
>Simpson, Thomas : Volta (fromTaffel-Consort)
>Pedersán, Mogens : Fader vor Gud i Himmerig (God Our Father in Heaven), hymn
>Lorenz, Johann : Vater unser im Himmereich, hymn
>Schop, Johann : Sine titulo, for violin & continuo
>Pedersán, Mogens : O che soave baccio, madrigal
>Vierdanck, Johann : Ander Theil darinnen begriffen etliche Capricci, Canzoni und Sonaten
>Robinson, Thomas : A Toy
>Robinson, Thomas : Plaine Song
>Scheidt, Samuel : Alamande / Also gehts also stehts (7 variations), SSWV 137
>Maercker, Matthaus : Paduana for consort
>Borchgrevinck, Melchior : Galliard
>Maynard, John : Pavane for consort
>Gistou, Nicolas : Paduana
>Gistou, Nicolas : Galliard
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After the success of the first fourteen reissues, which restored to the limelight some of the gems of the early music repertory in the catalogues of our labels, here are fourteen new titles to allow listeners to renew acquaintance with further treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque (and even a journey through time thanks to Raphaël Imbert's album Bach Coltrane), performed by some of the leading interpreters of the genre; most of these discs won one or more awards on their first release. As with the first series, the artists have been asked to contribute to the booklets, in which, with a few years' hindsight, they talk about their conception of the works and how they went about recording them. The photographers of the Magnum agency illustrate the covers of the series with their work; this time the common design element is the colour yellow.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hillerod, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark (07/2008).



Reviews

a welcome reissue
Alpha's reissue series continues with this landmark 2008 recording from Les Witches. The recording was built around a program of music that would have been heard by Danish king Christian IV around 1600. Christian IV was a patron of the arts, and his home Konge Af Denmark became a cultural center for Scandinavia.

Les Witches recorded this album with the Esaias Compenius organ of Frederiksborg Castle. Virtually unchanged since it was installed in 1617, the Compenius organ retains its original tuning and voicing. Using the organ brought an additional level of authenticity to Les Witches' performances, and changed the dynamics of those performances.

As the musicians explain in the liner notes, the organ was so versatile they didn't have to use a harpsichord to vary the ensemble's texture. And they found that their own instruments blended quite well with this centuries-old instrument.

The program is music from the court (or at least time) of Christian IV, and the performances hold up quite well. At times one can hear the bellows of the organ creaking in the background, and sometimes in soft passages the action's audible. But for me, that just adds to the performance. Those noises were most likely there in the 1600s, and audiences ignored them as we do HVAC systems in modern venues.

When this album was first released, the music may have seemed a little exotic. While composers such as Mogens Pederson and Melchior Borchgrevinck remain obscure, others like Tobias Hume and Samuel Scheidt have enjoyed more frequent performances in the early music world.

The playing is enthusiastic, and the ensemble sound has a rough-hewn quality about it. That's not due to imprecise playing -- rather, it's the sound of early music instruments being pushed to their limits by the enthusiastic players. Konge af Denmark is great fun, and I"m glad it's available once again.
Submitted on 12/09/16 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Hume, Tobias : The Duke of Holstones Delight, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1607

>Scheidt, Samuel : Paduan à 4 (Ludi musicii)
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hume, Tobias : Duke of Holstones Almaine, The (No 6 in Musical Humors)
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Simpson, Thomas : Ricercar on "Bonny Sweet Robin"
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Robinson, Thomas : Spanish Pavan for lute
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Bleyer, Nicolaus : Courant
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.

>Simpson, Thomas : Volta (fromTaffel-Consort)
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pedersán, Mogens : Fader vor Gud i Himmerig (God Our Father in Heaven), hymn
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lorenz, Johann : Vater unser im Himmereich, hymn
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Schop, Johann : Sine titulo, for violin & continuo
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Pedersán, Mogens : O che soave baccio, madrigal
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Vierdanck, Johann : Ander Theil darinnen begriffen etliche Capricci, Canzoni und Sonaten
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Robinson, Thomas : A Toy
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1603

>Robinson, Thomas : Plaine Song
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Scheidt, Samuel : Alamande / Also gehts also stehts (7 variations), SSWV 137
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Maercker, Matthaus : Paduana for consort
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Borchgrevinck, Melchior : Galliard
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Maynard, John : Pavane for consort
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gistou, Nicolas : Paduana
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1609

>Gistou, Nicolas : Galliard
  • Ensemble: Les Witches
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1609